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Oklahoma City Federal Crimes Defense Lawyers

Elite Oklahoma City Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers

The Federal Criminal Process in Oklahoma City

Being accused of a federal crime in Oklahoma City can be overwhelming. Suddenly, you’re facing prosecution from highly-trained federal agents and attorneys with vast resources at their disposal. It’s crucial to understand the federal criminal process, so you know what to expect – and how to protect your rights from the very start. The process typically begins with an investigation by federal agencies like the FBI, DEA, IRS, or others. If sufficient evidence is gathered, federal prosecutors will issue charges, followed by an arrest and initial court appearance. At the initial appearance, a judge will inform you of the charges, consider bail or pre-trial release conditions, and give you an opportunity to request a court-appointed attorney if you can’t afford private counsel. From there, the case proceeds to a preliminary hearing, where prosecutors must show probable cause that a federal crime was committed. If probable cause is found, you’ll be indicted by a federal grand jury.After indictment comes the arraignment, where you enter a plea of guilty or not guilty. If you plead not guilty, motions will be filed, plea negotiations may occur, and eventually, the case proceeds to trial in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma. It’s a complex, high-stakes process – which is why you need elite legal representation from the very beginning. The prosecutors will have a head start, but with our federal defense team at your side, we can quickly get up to speed and start developing a powerful defense strategy.

Federal Crimes Commonly Prosecuted in Oklahoma City

Federal prosecutors in Oklahoma City are aggressive in pursuing a wide range of alleged federal offenses. Some of the most common include:

Drug Crimes

  • Drug trafficking
  • Drug manufacturing and cultivation
  • Drug distribution and possession with intent to distribute
  • Continuing criminal enterprise
  • Conspiracy and attempt to commit drug crimes

With major interstates like I-40 and I-35 running through Oklahoma, the state is a hotbed for drug trafficking cases stemming from highway interdiction efforts. Federal drug charges are also frequently filed for crimes occurring on tribal lands or in national parks like the Chickasaw National Recreation Area.

White Collar Crimes

  • Healthcare fraud
  • Bank fraud
  • Wire fraud
  • Mail fraud
  • Money laundering
  • Tax evasion
  • Embezzlement
  • Mortgage fraud

These complex financial crimes often involve allegations of defrauding federal agencies or programs, using interstate wires or mail systems, or conspiring with others across state lines. Penalties can be severe, including lengthy prison sentences and hefty fines.


  • Hacking
  • Identity theft
  • Internet fraud schemes
  • Illegal online distribution of copyrighted materials

As more criminal activities utilize computers and the internet, federal cybercrime cases have become a top priority for prosecutors. These cases require specialized legal knowledge to effectively counter the prosecution’s evidence and arguments.

Public Corruption

  • Bribery of public officials
  • Embezzlement of public funds
  • Extortion under color of official right
  • Racketeering and RICO violations

When public officials at any level of government abuse their positions for personal gain, federal prosecutors zealously pursue charges like bribery, extortion, and racketeering. These cases often involve complex financial evidence and testimony.

Violent Crimes

  • Robbery of a federal bank or credit union
  • Kidnapping
  • Carjacking
  • Crimes committed on federal lands or Indian reservations

While most violent crimes are prosecuted at the state level, certain offenses like robberies of federally-insured banks or crimes on federal property fall under federal jurisdiction and can carry enhanced penalties. No matter what federal charge you’re facing in Oklahoma City, our team at Spodek Law Group has the skill and experience to mount an aggressive defense on your behalf. We’ve handled hundreds of federal cases just like yours – and we know how to win.

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Potential Defenses in Federal Criminal Cases

When you’re up against determined federal prosecutors with extensive resources, you need every possible defense strategy in your arsenal. Our federal criminal lawyers in Oklahoma City will carefully analyze the facts and circumstances to determine the best approach, which may include:

Constitutional Violations

If law enforcement violated your constitutional rights – through illegal searches, coerced confessions, lack of probable cause, entrapment, or other misconduct – we’ll fight to have the improperly obtained evidence suppressed.

Lack of Evidence

Federal prosecutors must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. If their evidence is lacking, conflicting, or leaves room for reasonable doubt, we’ll capitalize on those weaknesses to argue for dismissal or acquittal.

Jurisdictional Issues

In some cases, the federal government may lack jurisdiction, requiring the case to be tried at the state level instead. We analyze jurisdictional issues to determine if federal charges are appropriate.

Affirmative Defenses

Depending on the circumstances, we may raise affirmative defenses like insanity, self-defense, entrapment, or asserting you were a victim of mistaken identity.

Sentencing Considerations

Even if convicted, we’ll present mitigating factors like lack of criminal history, personal circumstances, and other considerations to argue for a reduced sentence within federal guidelines. Our attorneys explore every potential avenue of defense, developing a comprehensive strategy aimed at securing the best possible outcome – whether that’s outright dismissal, acquittal at trial, or minimizing penalties if convicted.

Why Hire Spodek Law Group for Your Federal Case?

When your freedom, future, and reputation are at stake, you simply cannot afford to go with anything less than the elite federal criminal defense team at Spodek Law Group. Here’s why clients nationwide trust us with their most serious legal challenges:

Our Specialization in Federal Law

While many attorneys handle a mix of state and federal cases, our firm is solely dedicated to representing clients in federal matters. Federal law is our sole focus and passion – we’ve studied it, practiced it, and mastered it over decades of hard-won experience. Federal cases follow different rules, procedures, and sentencing guidelines than state courts. We know the ins and outs of federal law, which allows us to develop more effective defense strategies from day one.

Our Unparalleled Courtroom Experience

Our attorneys don’t just talk a big game – we’ve been battle-tested in federal courtrooms from coast to coast, facing off against the nation’s top federal prosecutors. We thrive on high-pressure, high-stakes litigation, and we know how to stay cool, composed, and commanding when the stakes are highest. With hundreds of federal trials under our belts, you can rest assured your case is in steady, experienced hands. We won’t back down or crumble under the prosecution’s pressure tactics.

Our Commitment to Open Communication

From our very first consultation, we’ll take the time to truly understand your situation, answer all your questions, and lay out a clear roadmap for your defense. We believe in full transparency, keeping you informed and involved every step of the way. You’ll never be left wondering about the status of your case or our strategy. We’ll communicate frequently and directly, ensuring you always have the latest updates and understand the options before us.

Our Unrelenting Passion for Justice

To us, you’re not just another case number or billable hour. We’re passionate advocates for justice who will fight tooth and nail to protect your rights, your freedom, and your future.We understand how overwhelming and stressful federal charges can be. That’s why we make it our mission to lift that burden from your shoulders. With our elite team on your side, you can regain your peace of mind knowing aggressive defenders are battling for you. When everything you hold dear is on the line, there’s only one choice for uncompromising legal representation in Oklahoma City: Spodek Law Group. Our federal criminal defense lawyers are ready to start building your strongest defense. Call us today.

Federal Drug Crimes in Oklahoma City

Drug crimes make up a significant portion of the federal caseload in Oklahoma City and throughout Oklahoma. The state’s location along major trafficking routes like I-40 and I-35 make it a hotbed for large-scale drug distribution operations. Federal drug prosecutions are also common on tribal lands, where the federal government has jurisdiction. And with the opioid epidemic raging, federal agents and prosecutors have redoubled their efforts to crack down on everything from illegal pill mills to international drug cartels.

At Spodek Law Group, we have extensive experience defending individuals and organizations accused of all types of federal drug crimes, including:

  • Drug trafficking and distribution
  • Drug manufacturing and cultivation operations
  • Possession with intent to distribute
  • Conspiracy and continuing criminal enterprise
  • Prescription drug fraud and diversion
  • Money laundering related to drug proceeds

Federal drug cases often involve sophisticated surveillance, wiretaps, confidential informants, and complex financial tracing techniques. Prosecutors will use every tool at their disposal to build a strong case.That’s why you need a federal drug defense lawyer who can match their resources, skill, and determination. Our team has successfully handled hundreds of federal narcotics cases just like yours. We know the tactics prosecutors use, and we know how to dismantle their cases piece by piece. From challenging illegal searches and seizures to poking holes in the prosecution’s evidence and witness testimony, to raising affirmative defenses like entrapment – we’ll pursue every possible avenue in your defense.And in the event a conviction cannot be avoided, you can count on us to fight aggressively for a fair sentence, presenting mitigating factors and arguments for reduced penalties under the federal sentencing guidelines. Being accused of a federal drug crime can have devastating personal and professional consequences that ripple for years or decades. Don’t take chances with your future – hire the elite federal drug crime defense team at Spodek Law Group. We’ll protect your rights and give you the strongest possible defense.

Federal White Collar Crimes in Oklahoma City

White collar crimes like fraud, embezzlement, and money laundering often draw the full scrutiny and resources of federal investigators and prosecutors. That’s because many of these complex financial crimes involve defrauding federal agencies, using interstate wires or mail systems, or conspiring across state lines.Federal white collar prosecutions are on the rise in Oklahoma City and throughout the state. Common charges our federal criminal defense lawyers handle include:

  • Healthcare fraud
  • Bank fraud
  • Wire fraud
  • Mail fraud
  • Money laundering
  • Tax evasion and tax fraud
  • Securities fraud
  • Mortgage fraud
  • Embezzlement
  • Public corruption and bribery

Mounting an effective defense against these types of charges requires a comprehensive understanding of federal laws, rules of evidence, financial regulations, and complex paper trails. It’s not enough to simply argue your innocence – you need a strategic, multi-layered defense strategy.That’s exactly what you’ll get from our elite team of federal white collar crime attorneys. We’ll comb through financial records and electronic evidence, looking for inconsistencies or lack of proof. We’ll challenge the prosecution’s theories on intent, knowledge, and criminal acts.And if violations did occur, we’ll present evidence of mitigating factors like lack of personal gain, advice of professionals, and other circumstances that could reduce potential penalties.White collar cases are often a “battle of the experts” when it comes to analyzing financial data, accounting practices, and complex business transactions. Our firm employs top forensic accountants, fraud examiners, and other specialists to counter the prosecution’s financial experts.We know that federal white collar charges aren’t just about potential fines and imprisonment – they can destroy reputations and businesses. That’s why we take an aggressive stance aimed at poking holes in the prosecution’s case from day one. If they can’t prove every element of the alleged crimes, we’ll push for dismissals, acquittals, or other favorable resolutions.Don’t become another federal conviction statistic. Hire the elite white collar defense team at Spodek Law Group to protect your rights, your assets, and your future.

Federal Appeals in Oklahoma City

Even if you’ve been convicted in federal court, your legal battle may be far from over. The federal appeals process provides an opportunity to identify errors made during trial proceedings and have your conviction overturned or your sentence reduced. Federal appeals are highly technical and procedurally complex. That’s why you need an elite legal team with specific experience handling federal criminal appeals, like the attorneys at Spodek Law Group.

Our federal appeals lawyers will thoroughly review your case records and trial transcripts, looking for issues that could form the basis for an appeal, such as:

  • Improperly admitted evidence
  • Lack of sufficient evidence
  • Incorrect jury instructions
  • Prosecutorial misconduct
  • Ineffective assistance of counsel
  • Improper sentencing calculations or enhancements

We have a long track record of success in getting federal convictions overturned or sentences reduced on appeal. And if you’re facing resentencing, we’ll vigorously argue for a more favorable term within federal guidelines. The appeals process moves quickly, with strict deadlines for filing notices and briefs. Don’t miss your window of opportunity – contact Spodek Law Group immediately if you were convicted in federal court. We’ll take prompt action to protect your appellate rights.An appeal may be your last, best chance at avoiding a federal prison sentence or clearing your name entirely. Trust your appeal to the elite federal criminal defense team at Spodek Law Group. We’ll give you the strongest possible representation.

Federal Crimes FAQ

What is the difference between a federal crime and a state crime?

Federal crimes are offenses that violate United States federal laws. This can include crimes that cross state lines, occur on federal property like national parks or military bases, or involve federal agencies, funds, or interests.State crimes, on the other hand, are violations of the laws of an individual state. Most crimes like theft, assault, DUI, and drug possession are prosecuted at the state level.

What are some examples of federal crimes?

Common federal crimes include drug trafficking, bank robbery, mail fraud, wire fraud, tax evasion, immigration violations, cybercrime, child pornography, and crimes on Native American lands. Essentially, any crime that implicates federal jurisdiction can be prosecuted as a federal offense.

Are federal crimes more serious than state crimes?

In general, yes – federal crimes tend to be prosecuted more aggressively and carry harsher potential sentences than equivalent state crimes. Federal prosecutors and judges adhere to strict federal sentencing guidelines that often result in longer prison terms.

Do I really need a private lawyer for a federal case?

Absolutely. Federal criminal cases are extremely complex, with their own specialized rules, evidence standards, and sentencing guidelines. Public defenders simply don’t have the time, resources, or experience to mount an aggressive defense against determined federal prosecutors. A private federal criminal defense lawyer from a firm like Spodek Law Group will give you the best chance at avoiding conviction or minimizing penalties.

What is the burden of proof in federal criminal cases?

As in state cases, federal prosecutors must prove a defendant’s guilt “beyond a reasonable doubt” – a very high evidentiary standard. If they cannot, the defendant is legally entitled to an acquittal. Our federal defense attorneys are skilled at poking holes in the prosecution’s evidence and arguments to raise reasonable doubt.

What are my chances of getting a good plea deal in federal court?

That depends on many factors, including the nature and severity of charges, the strength of the prosecution’s evidence, and the skill of your defense counsel in negotiating with federal prosecutors.In general, federal plea deals are difficult to obtain compared to state cases. But our attorneys have secured very favorable plea agreements for many clients by taking an aggressive stance and highlighting weaknesses in the government’s case. The bottom line: you need elite legal representation to maximize your chances of a good plea deal in federal court. Otherwise, you may be facing the maximum penalties.

Contact Spodek Law Group Today

If you or a loved one has been charged with a federal crime in Oklahoma City, don’t delay – your freedom and future are at stake. Contact Spodek Law today – call us at 212-210-1851 or schedule a free consultation online. 

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